Saturday, August 8, 2015

Virginia Revokes License Plates with Confederate Flag

In perhaps the boldest move in response to government supported Confederate symbols, Virginia has revoked specialty license plates featuring a Confederate battle  flag. The Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring's office said that the Department of Motor Vehicles will begin replacing about 1,600 existing plates.

Virginia's decision follows on the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a case involving Texas. The high court said that specialty license plates represent the state's speech, not the driver's speech. This is an akin to a position I have taken in this blog that state-issued plates may imply support or approval of the organization represented on the plate.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has asked for a change in state law that would allow the Division of Motor Vehicles to stop issuing North Carolina specialty license plates bearing the Confederate flag. The specialty license plate can still be purchased in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee as shown in this June 18 article from the Washington Post. 

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